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Alabama: state representative asks prison chief to allow registration

The Huntsville Times: A legislator on Monday asked Alabama prison Commissioner Richard Allen to reconsider his decision that banned a minister from registering inmates to vote.

Rep. Alvin Holmes, D-Montgomery, said no court orders or laws prohibit the registration of an inmate at a prison as long as the person performing the registration does not represent any political party or candidate.

The issue came to light last week after it was reported that a coalition of groups led by a community activist, the Rev. Kenneth Glasgow of Dothan, began registering convicts to vote in state prisons. Nearly 80 filled out registration forms in two days.

Their goal was to get the prisoners to request absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 general election.

Allen halted the practice after receiving a letter from Rep. Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. -- Inmate voting at issue - al.com

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